About MAITE and Oversea order
MAITE means “love” in Basque. Also, “maite” in Japanese is “to wrap”, like wearing scarf around the neck.
Starting in 2013, we focus on fair trade clothing made of soft and functional alpaca fiber for working women, while empowering women in Peru to produce those clothes. For many products we work with women groups in shanty towns in Lima. Their work producing hand knit products has brought them positive economical impact, but also courage and confidence in a strong machismo-culture society.
Now we also work with artisans who knit clothing with manual machine and small factory in Peru.
Since 2015, we started to produce socks in Japan with alpaca yarn with a small factory run by brothers. It is the only one factory left in Chiba prefecture now, which used to be one of the socks industrial area.
Using precious baby alpaca
The fiber of baby alpaca is really fine with a diameter of 21.5 to 22.5microns and is similar to the cashmere’s. Though the fiber of baby alpaca is really fine, it is strong and has great heat retaining property. We uses baby alpaca in most of the products.
Simple Basic design
We design our items based on basic design, thinking the silhouette carefully. We offer you the items that you can use regardless of the changes in fashion. As most of our clothing lines are made with manual machine, it is very light weight yet warm enough, and easy to bring with.
The biggest difference between hand knitting and machine knitting is the airy feeling. It is said that hand knitting knits the air together with yarn, which can not be achieved by the modern industrial machine as it knits fast with tension. Also, working closely to producers, we can make precise order about the design and quality, and we are passing details of the voice from our customers to them to create better products.
We use the fiber of alpaca from Michel co. who administers from growing alpaca to spinning for many years.Alpaca is grown in South America (mainly in Northern-Peru and Bolivia) and 70% of them are living in Peru.Recently, alpaca is also grown in America and Australia.
Protecting from the severe nature environment, alpaca has really fine hair. It makes softness and smoothness in touch, and because there is cavity in the hair,it is really good at retaining the heat.
The alpaca fiber has a little oil so that it will repel water and dart. For daily care, recommend brushing with a brush. When you will not wear for a long time after the season, we recommend to put them with moth repellent after dry cleaning or hand washing. When you do hand washing, please wash with water under 30 degrees, and dry it completely in shade. Hanging or putting it flat is better than hanging to prevent stretching. Please use neutral detergent or shampoo and conditioner.
OVER SEA ORDER
We ship to all over the world! Shipping cost need to be added to the total price. We use EMS for shipping if there is no specific request. Please contact us by e-mail with your address.
We will check the shipping cost and come back to you. We accept Paypal.
Please directly contact us by e-mail to the e-mail address below for any question or orders.